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Livelihood support to Eastern African populations affected by the dual shocks of drought and the global economic crisis

Livelihood support to Eastern African populations affected by the dual shocks of drought and the global economic crisis

Full title of the project:

Livelihood support to Eastern African populations affected by the dual shocks of drought and the global economic crisis

Target areas:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 1 500 000
01/11/2009-31/10/2010
Project code:
OSRO/RAF/915/RRF
Objective:

To reduce the vulnerability of rural communities by addressing their immediate postdrought
needs.

Key partners:

Regional and local government institutions, NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

117 848 households (134 percent of the planned number of households).

Activities implemented:
  • In Kenya:
    • 8 750 households received 60 tonnes of seeds, 175 tonnes of fertilizers;
    • 60 000 households benefited from vaccinations against peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and contagious caprine pleuropneumonia; and
    • 3 801 households benefited from the sale and distribution of goats.
  • In Ethiopia:
    • 6.6 million sweet potato vine cuttings were provided to 5 706 households;
    • 10 115 families received 792 quintals of crop seeds; and
    • 13 961 livestock-owning families benefited from the vaccination of 500 000 small ruminants against PPR.
  • In Uganda:
    • 11 000 households received 99 tonnes of drought-tolerant crop seeds.

FAO and ILRI finalized the drought preparedness and mitigation decision tool and shared it with over 15 stakeholders for their inputs.

Impact:
  • 43 887 households (compared with 37 700 planned) have resumed cropping activities to pre-drought level.
  • The crop beneficiaries harvested yields significantly higher than would normally have been expected due to the use of improved seeds and fertilizers.
  • 73 961 households (compared with 51 000 planned) have saved essential productive small ruminants.
  • The project contributed to significantly reducing the vulnerability of targeted communities by enabling them to mitigate the impact of the drought.